Monthly Archives: April 2010

Podcast: Adios, Maldonado

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No, that headline doesn’t mean the new Republican lieutenant governor is going away. It’s just that now he finally has the job he’s wanted for months, the drama /news is over and we’ll soon be moving on to other topics. … Continue reading »


Throwdown Over the "Politics" of Maldo

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It’s always fun when politicians decry the evils of politics. And so it is again today, as Democrats and Governor Schwarzenegger spar over whose to blame for the Guv’s decision to schedule two stand alone elections for replacing Abel Maldonado … Continue reading »


The Budget Deficit & Renting The Future

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You probably don’t need any reminders of just how bad the options are for resolving California’s state budget woes. And yet, one section in today’s new analysis of a plan to sell state office buildings and then lease them back … Continue reading »


The Next Lite Guv

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Abel Maldonado will take the oath of office tomorrow to become California’s 47th lieutenant governor. With that, he will make history in one way — the first Republican* Latino statewide official since 1875 — while hoping to avoid making history … Continue reading »


Look, It's Meg!

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You had to get up pretty early here in Sacramento if you wanted to catch Meg Whitman’s half hour infomercial on one of the two TV stations on which the campaign bought time on this Sunday morning. Which makes a … Continue reading »


Tax Revenue Blues

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Going into the month of April, there was optimism about the state’s tax revenues. But unless things change in a hurry, that optimism is about to replaced by some cold hard facts, and too little cold hard cash. Data from … Continue reading »


Podcast: John, Anthony, Lana

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Let’s put it this way: Lana doesn’t share her old man’s love of California politics. On this week’s Capital Notes Podcast, we pull off a two-fer: discuss the week’s political news and try to entertain an eight year old who’s … Continue reading »


T-Ridge: Not So Fast, Says Maldo

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It appears Abel Maldonado is one step closer to becoming California’s next lieutenant governor after today’s vote by the Assembly Rules Committee, with a full Assembly vote now scheduled for tomorrow. But comments today from Maldo, as well as the … Continue reading »


Redistricting Panel: Hot Potato! Not It!

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MISSING: 22,525 Californians LAST SEEN: Submitting an initial application for the new Citizens Redistricting Commission DESCRIPTION: Not as white, male, or partisan as those left behind No final tally yet exists of the total pool of applicants vying for one … Continue reading »


The Worldly Observations of Jerry Brown

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In this morning’s story on The California Report recapping the California Democratic Party’s convention, I attempted to convey the top election year priority of many delegates — jobs and the economy — and how that concern might play out in … Continue reading »